Wow. This year has been one for the record books. Many good things happened in our lives, no doubt, but our beloved world struggles with a global sickness. And it’s not just the virus. There’s an ongoing contagion of fear, anxiety, economic hardship, spiritual malaise, and social and civil unrest.
As we enter Advent, what message does the Christ Child offer us?
Christmas is God’s way of telling us to embrace the world, in all of its messiness, just as Jesus did when He graciously took on our flesh in His mission of compassion, accompaniment, and renewal. “My soul magnifies the Lord,” Mary sings at the beginning of the Christmas story, “and my spirit rejoices in God my savior … He has exalted the lowly and filled the hungry with good things, He has come to the help of Israel His servant, mindful of His mercy and the promise He made to our ancestors.” Luke 1: 46, 52-54.
With Mary, we are called to Magnify the Lord, to lift up and embrace the lowly ones, our brothers and sisters in need, and to be the bearers of peace to those around us. We can’t fix all the world’s problems, but we can be Christ-bearers, as Mary was, each in our own small way. This is the answer our troubled world needs.
At Catholic Charities, we believe in the power and wonder of this Christmas embrace. Through your support in 2020, your embrace brought counseling services to 252 people suffering from pandemic isolation, depression, and anxiety. When no one else was there, 108 newcomers found critically needed immigration representation and support. As our economy tottered and housing and employment evaporated, 100 families experienced the ministry and caring support of our skilled social workers. More than 1,700 persons received rapid response assistance services when it mattered most; over 400 people received financial wellness and parenting education instruction that equipped them to manage and thrive; and 615 families received winter gift and clothing resources.
Never, in my 25 years of service with Catholic Charities, has our work been more challenging, more needed, and more important. Can you help us again this year? Now is the time to lift up the “lowly” ones, Idaho families who are struggling but still seeking opportunities for a brighter future. With the Christ Child, let us bring them a little light and the wonder of Christmas hope.
Please make your gift today. No matter how large or small, your contribution will change lives. And do pray for us and those we serve, that we may continue to be a ministry of God’s holy love. My prayer is for each of you and your loved ones this Advent and Christmas.
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